Write a book for Children's Fairyland!

Hello, young writers and artists. Children's Fairyland is looking for books written and drawn by YOU!

Update: Due to COVID-19, Turn the Page has been postponed. We do encourage kids to continue writing!


Dear kids and teens,

Imagine you're at a book festival at Children's Fairyland. As you walk around you see authors and illustrators sitting at tables with their names on them, talking with families and sharing their books. You recognize some names -- there's Lemony Snicket, there's Innosanto Nagara, there's Gennifer Choldenko... but look! YOUR name is on a table! Why? Because you wrote and illustrated a story for children, and you entered it in Fairyland's Children's Book Contest, and you won!Young author posing with copies of her book

If you are younger than 18, now's your chance to create your own book. Children's Fairyland is looking for books written and illustrated by teens and kids. The winners of our third annual Young Writers Contest will share their stories with Oakland families and adult authors and illustrators on May 16 at Fairyland's Turn the Page! children's book festival. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Children's Fairyland has postponed Turn the Page! until Fall 2020. 

cover of book "A is for Activist"


  • What should I write?

Write anything, as long as you think a kid (age 10 or younger) would like it. Past winners have included an ABC book about African-American women, a nonfiction book about food allergies, a superhero story about saving a friend from bullies, and more. Please write in English or Spanish. If you need ideas, we suggest walking around the children's section of the library and looking at different types of books.

  • What about pictures?

Pictures are a great idea! You can create pictures on your own or work with a friend. Your book could be mostly art (like a comic or picture book) or mostly words (like a chapter book or early reader).

  • How do I enter the contest?Cover of book "The bad beginning"
Enter online, or print out the contest entry form and bring (or mail) it to Fairyland or any Oakland Public Library.
  • When is the deadline?
Fairyland wants your book by April 3  whenever you're done! If your school is closed, you have extra time to work on your book. A new deadline will be set when we have a new date for the festival, sometime next fall.
  • Who chooses the winning books?
People from Children's Fairyland, the Oakland Public Library, and East Bay Booksellers will judge the contest.
  • Help! I need ideas!
Maya Christina Gonzalez has some great ideas for you here.

Cover of book "Al Capone does my shirts"More questions?

You can ask Margaret at the Piedmont Avenue Library: mrodriguez@oaklandlibrary.org.